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Limbo Theorem


I am someone here. But not who you think I am.

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A dozen years ago Anon-A-Miss happened. Sunset was driven off, and by the time the truth came out, the damage was done: she was gone and friendships were sundered completely.

Five years ago, they invaded - aliens from beyond. With unknown purpose other than to kill and slaughter, they effortlessly swept aside most of the world's militaries.

Yet humanity still fought back.

Now, with the world in the balance, rumors of a mysterious figure has appeared to fight the aliens. Cloaked and masked, she wields abilities only previously seen in fantasy against the aliens. Wherever she appears, she wins - and the aliens are hellbent on destroying this new foe.

This mysterious savior is only known by the populace as The Queen of Knives.

But who is she?

That's what the President wants to know - and what he has tasked LCDR Applejack, USN, to find out.


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Chapters (13)
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Comments ( 84 )

...I think I'm going to track this because, while AAM was the catalyst, it is not the focus. Merely the springboard for the premise.

Please don't make me reconsider that statement.

9173216
There may be references to it in future chapters, but AAM is no more important to the situation the characters are in any more than something similar might be to a group of real-life former friends meeting a decade-plus after the incident.

That is to say it might affect some more than others, but in the grand scheme of things, it's in the past.

looks really interesting so far, let's see where you are going with this :twilightsmile:

>Fire and Rain

And with that I'm reminded of a Rainbow/Spitfire story that hasn't updated in forever.

I know the CMC were suspended but what else happened to them, was AppleBloom kicked out of the house?

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All will be revealed in due time.

9177389 I'm hoping so.

Excellent chapter, btw.

Looking forward, with MUCH anticipation, to the next one.

Ri2

So...the Storm King is in charge of XCOM?

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What makes you think this is XCOM?

Ri2

9177752
Paramilitary group fighting aliens at the behest of a Commander shrouded in myth embarking on missions with absurd code names. Sounds like XCOM to me.

9177793
When they put a shotgun right next to the head of an alien, pull the trigger, and the shot goes wide, THEN it's XCOM.

9177793

Paramilitary group

Um... SEAL Team SIX is a real military unit - not paramilitary. Actual military.

fighting aliens at the behest of a Commander shrouded in myth

Except that his record (as much of it as legally possible) is for public consumption - hardly shrouded in myth. Like this guy, for example.

embarking on missions with absurd code names.

http://www.govtech.com/em/safety/How-Pentagon-Names-Military-Operations.html

Sounds like XCOM to me.

Oh, more likely, your typical day in the Navy, especially if you use the legal term for alien.

Noun

alien (plural aliens)

  1. A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
  2. A foreigner residing in a country.

Whenever the invaders are referred to as Octos, for some reason these guys are all I think of:

nintendoeverything.com/wp-content/uploads/splatoon-2-octolings.jpg

Equestria Girls vs. Octolings would admittedly be a pretty adorable war in any other story. Also,

"Fuck you, Fizzlepop Berrytwist."

This may be the best line of dialogue I've read in a while.

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I was thinking the aliens from Galaxy Quest, personally:
files.abovetopsecret.com/files/img/uj55d0d362.jpg

But with the supposed news about octopi having alien DNA, that's more along the lines of what I really meant.

9178047
So then, more like the Hideauze from Gargantia, then?
1.bp.blogspot.com/-wds8Gk0z3kE/UawAKUb_JJI/AAAAAAADIKM/aOpmyUs7L-s/s1600/Suisei+no+Gargantia+-+09+-1.jpg

Those would probably make for some bad-ass opponents, given the fights they put up in Gargantia.

9177389
Ok just curious and love the story.

9178047
Oh I knew the aliens in this story didn’t actually look like Splatoon characters but a man can dream. The Thermians from Galaxy Quest were more or less what I really pictured

9178061
I hadn't thought of those, to be honest, though that is not a bad idea. :raritywink:

The screen now showed the Queen, wielding a bow of violet energy, firing energy arrow after energy arrow, shooting what appeared to be Octo aircraft out of the sky.

Wait wait wait. First were throwing knives made of fire, now a bow made of violet energy? I swear, if she pulls out a dagger or spear of ACTUAL LIGHTNING I'm going to fuckin' squee!

9188614

“Two months later, she appeared in Jakarta during the Octos’ offensive there.” The same person appeared on screen, this time swinging what looked to be an electrical staff, moving like lightning but tearing through the enemy as though they were paper.

9188619
1: I missed that.
2: SQUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

So, assuming the Queen is Sunset, is she going to talk about her horn? Her beautiful, beautiful horn?

9188628
Maybe, but she probably doesn't speak Eliksni.

9188639
I would've been surprised if someone hadn't done it.

As far as comparison or similarities go, what or who’s outfit does Sunset’s resemble or look like? Also im loving this thing so far! Also, yay for badass Sunset!!!:pinkiehappy::pinkiegasp::yay:

CADANCE, FLURRY HEART, TWILIGHT, AND HER PARENTS ARE DEAD?!:pinkiegasp::fluttercry::pinkiesad2::raritycry:

9189214
I guess you're not worried about Flurry Heart, then?

9189340
Oh my bad I thought I included flurry heart but seriously if any of them made it please tell me Flurry is okay?!

Very good so far, I like it. Has a very xcom feel to it in a good way nice use of the military jargon, excellent characterization, and a really good story overall so far. Not sure why it has six downvotes, this is a solid war fic in my eyes. Hope to see more soon.

9193444
Not really. It has influences from other things, but it's not a crossover.

...Sunset has both dreamwalking-ish powers and Destiny Hunter powers. This gonna be fun once we actually see her in action, and not just recordings/flashbacks.

Ri2

Ugh, Sombra.

So, he'd have arrested AJ for fighting magical threats the US government was not at the time equipped to handle?

And Chrysalis and Shining, huh? Guess she's an acceptable runner-up.

Ri2

Green flame? Is she a Changeling?

9201195
No, the original kindness gem was green, and then Hasbro recolored it pink because girly girl crap. I think that's insulting to girls, so I went with the original color.

9201189

Ugh, Sombra.

So, he'd have arrested AJ for fighting magical threats the US government was not at the time equipped to handle?

To be fair, I suspect that would be the result in real life as well. The government (any government, really) would probably want you to tell them and then hand over the magic power/artifact/amulet etc. No, not always a good thing, but that's real life, unfortunately.

And Chrysalis and Shining, huh? Guess she's an acceptable runner-up.

Yeah. I wanted to do something different with the changeling equivalents on Earth, so I figured CIA. And Chrysalis, as ruthless as she can be, would still be human in this case. And Shining's a guy worth falling for.

Ri2

9201306
Pink works for Fluttershy, though.

Ri2

9201315

To be fair, I suspect that would be the result in real life as well. The government (any government, really) would probably want you to tell them and then hand over the magic power/artifact/amulet etc. No, not always a good thing, but that's real life, unfortunately.

Ungrateful bastards.

Yeah. I wanted to do something different with the changeling equivalents on Earth, so I figured CIA. And Chrysalis, as ruthless as she can be, would still be human in this case. And Shining's a guy worth falling for.

Not the first time I've seen her as head of an intelligence agency. Still good.

9201380 Yeah, I also like the idea of her gem being green.
Emeralds are awesome.

And you know, I always have wondered about that discrepency between that representation of the Elements, and the ones that Twi and the Mane 5 wield/wielded in the past.
So I think I'll start using the emerald one rather than the pink one (which I think is a peridot) in my own stories.
And to hell with anyone who says it's the wrong color!

On another note, the peridot is actually my sister Terry's birthstone, and the amethyst (Rarity's Element gem) is mine.

Question. Why didn’t the girls go to Equestria and ask Twilight why she didn’t reply to Sunset’s messages or tell her what had happened to her.

looks like the two sisters will be reuniting

9218170
How? Twilight was, per the first chapter, angry with them and eventually that anger turned to disgust and disillusionment.

“FAR Group” (as Lightning had nicknamed them)

Why do I have the feeling Lightning intended "FAR" to be related to FUBAR?

Wasn't the reason the Government never got involved with Canterlot was because it was declared a lost cause from the beginning?

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